A 31 Day Writing Challenge for October

My friend, Colline, is participating in the 31 day writing challenge, hosted by Nester.  Colline also turned me on to Kate’s blog and challenge, which is to blog each post for 5 minutes — sort of like a 5 minute Friday but for every day of October.  I might do that, too.  Now to decide what to do it on.  Here’s Kate’s list for each day:

Now, to decide what to do.

On writing?  A poem on each daily topic?  A photo that represents each topic?  On family?  On connecting to God/my soul & others?  On motherhood?

As you can see, I have some contemplating to do.  A decision will be made by tomorrow.  Hmmmm…  And then, I’ll have to create a button for my theme.  Something new to learn.  Fun…  Fun…

This sounds like a fun challenge.  And who doesn’t have 5 minutes each day?

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Y’all Might Think I’m Crazy…

But then I just might be.

My daughter is turning 15 this week.  *sniff*  My baby.  15.  I just can’t believe it.  I was a born planner.  Do I plan everything?  Well, mostly, but not everything.  I mean, I can be pretty spontaneous at times.  However, her Sweet 16 is a year away and although I want to make 15 a sweet birthday, I need to definitely plan ahead for the Sweet 16th one.  So…

Any ideas that you have or that you can find that might help to create the bestest, most super fantastic blow out of a Sweet 16th birthday, please forward your ideas my way.  You can send them here as a comment or you can email me at adjustingyourfocus@yahoo.com or becomemoreme@yahoo.com, or message me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/adjustingyourfocus.

I want to create many lasting memories for her that she can look back on with fondness and great nostalgia.  Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!  🙂

-Carol

A Whole Other World: The Publishing Industry

All writers need to read and remember this.

It Pays to Have a Little Faith

lauren“Sometimes beautiful things come into our lives out of nowhere. We can’t always understand them, but we have to trust in them. I know you want to question everything, but sometimes it pays to just have a little faith.”
Lauren Kate, Torment

The Need to Control Our Culture

chuck“The first step – especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money – the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art.”
Chuck Palahniuk

146-158: Have You Ever Experienced a Miracle?

Day 12 of 365 days of the 5,000 Question Survey – the next 13 questions (if you’d like to join, please see the link in my post from Sept 18th or just the link:

146.  Of the following, which word best describes you:  accurate, bold, charming, dependable:  dependable

147.  If you are single, at about what age do you think you will be ready to settle down and get married?  If you are married, how old were you at the time?  I am divorced.  I was 29 when I married.

148.  Do you often wonder, when you say goodbye to people, if it is the last time you will ever see them?  I do often wonder as I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to my dad so I always make it a point to say, “I love you,” before saying goodbye or good night to those I love.

149.  What movie are you most looking forward to seeing when it comes out?  The Hobbit:  The Battle of the Five Armies

150.  What is your quest?  To improve my parenting skills so that my daughter can be even more amazing than she already is; to write with abandon and love and to, one day, become a best seller; to befriend all those I meet and to do random acts of kindness just because I can; to tithe and donate, to volunteer and help the less fortunate and so many who need help and to do so anonymously, if possible.

151.  What is louder and more annoying: 200 adults talking or one four-year-old screaming?  one four-year-old screaming

152.  Do you believe the stories about planes, boats and people mysteriously disappearing into the Bermuda triangle?  Yes.  I believe there are many supernatural and scientifically unexplainable mysteries all over the planet.

153.  Who are you the most jealous of?  I am jealous of no one.  I am me and the only one that can be me.  I don’t want to be like anyone else.  We each have our own special gifts, talents and characteristics that add so much to this life and to each other.

154.  What is the happiest way you can start your day?  Wake up, watch the sun rise, kiss and hug your loved ones, cook a delicious power breakfast, coffee and juice, smile and be silly.  And thank God for another day.

155.  Do you ever have moments where you feel like everything is all right in the world?  Oh yes!  When my two girls and I are spending time together, doing something fun (most anything we do), laughing and being silly, whether it be on a road trip or sitting at home enjoying a meal together.  I feel like this on those evenings when Hallie and I are dancing and singing loudly and off key to music from her itunes.  Those times we are filled with belly laughter.  Oh, and the way the air feels on those crisp Fall/Autumn days and you can smell cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and vanilla so sharply.  Something about Fall and Winter really bring out more of my joy and happiness moreso than Summer and Spring.  I am not a summer lover at all.  At least, not in Mississippi.  Montana is actually great in the summer.

156.  Who thinks that you are offensive?  Probably my brother.  Or that’s the feeling I get from him a lot of the time.

157.  If you had to teach a class in something, what would you be able to teach people?  If I taught a class, it would be to young people as I love, love, love children.  For some reason, I can talk to a room full of little people but become sore afraid of speaking in front of adults.  I could teach people to read.  Okay, perhaps I could teach a room full of adults if I was teaching them to read.  For the younger ones, I could probably teach just about anything.  I love to read fun books to kids and I always do the voices.  🙂

158.  Have you ever had a spiritual experience (an experience that cannot be explained by science)?  Yes, a few of those.  The birth of my daughter was definitely one!  I felt God reach down out of heaven with his hand and physically touch my heart as if to open it to an awesome kind of love I’d never known before.  Another one, I’ve explained in a post called Miracles (or something like that) from one of my earlier blogs.  And more!

Have you ever had a spiritual experience?

Who’s Doing NaNoWriMo?

For all you writers out there, who is thinking about or fully committed to participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) or just who should be fully committed?  🙂

Some might think those of us who join in the chaos of writing 50,000 words in 30 days need to be in the loony bin but I, for one, am totally psyched about it and counting down the days till the writing frenzy begins.

Those of you who are going for it, let me know and I will help to get you prepared beforehand, will cheer you on during the madness and have a throw down dance party extravaganza in your honor when you reach that finish line before the deadline.  I’m making my list of one handed snacks needed, will be fully stocked on caffeine for the mornings and late nights, as well as a nice sweet red and extra sharp cheddar when I feel the need for a little liquid courage or a celebration for reaching my daily word count goals.

So, who’s with me?!  We are gonna rock the clock!  Deadlines?  No problem.  Daily word count goals?  No problem.  Missing sleep?  I’ll be right there with you.  Bloodshot eyes?  Got Visine on hand to help you out.

33 days, baby!